Monday, April 03, 2006

California School Recognition Program

Well, tomorrow's the day. We will have a team visiting our school tomorrow to validate our application towards becoming a California Distinguished School. I'm nervous about the visit, but I think we'll do well. As our principal keeps saying, "We're already a distinguished school."

This year there were 2,043 elementary schools that were eligible. You can see the program information if you like. Of those, 997 schools sent in applications. Those applications were then evaluated and reduced to a total of 368 nominees. We are one of those 368 schools. Our application received a score of 7.7 out of a maximum possible of 8.0. So now the final part is the site visit where they will be seeing how we look in reality, if we actually do what we said we do in our application.

I'm hopeful. We are a good school and often overlooked because of other schools in our area that have good reputations. But if we earn the California Distinguished School Award, I think that will go a long way towards us getting the word out about what a good school we are. We're a diamond in the rough; it's our turn to shine.

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